Hiatus (definition)

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Hiatus refers to a break in a vocalic sequence whereby each vowel belongs to a different syllable. For instance, the word hiatus [haɪ.e.təs] exhibits the phenomenon where the " . " marks the syllable break between the diphthong [aɪ] and the monophthong [e]. Many languages avoid hiatus by deleting a vowel or by adding a consonant via epenthesis.

For information on Hiatus in Scottish Gaelic see Hiatus.

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